Logan Turnpike Trail
Provides accessto the Appalachian Trail and some good views
Logan Turnpike Trail can be accessed from either end; this description goes from the lower end (Kellum Valley) to the higher end (Testnatee Gap).
The trail parallels a stream by way of an abandoned but "fixed up" roadbed for the first mile, and is fairly easy to hike. The second mile follows the same roadbed but is yet to be redone, so it is more difficult to hike. The trail ends at Testnatee Gap, where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail.
Length: 1.9 miles
Location: 34.7020988464, -83.8466033936
Hiked up to the tornado damage in late December 2011, there was a forest service contract crew in the process of clearing through the damage. They had cleared several hundred feet already. I haven't hiked it yet, but was told by USFS CONF folks that they've finished and it's now open.
Trail is open to top, hiked today. A bit overgrown.
The USDA Forest Service has closed the Logan Turnpike due to 4-28-11 tornado damage. The trail is impassable due to downed trees .4 mile from its southern terminus, extending an additional .5 mile northward. The Forest Service advises that "eventually" a contract crew will clear the downed trees to re-open the trail, but not in the near future. Be aware that it is impossible to hike the trail in its entirety until this damage is cleared.
Thanks to a dedicated crew of 15 trail maintainer volunteers from GATC and Lumpkin Coalition, the trail is in the best shape I've ever seen it in. All blowdowns have been cleared and the overgrown weeds have been cleared. There's still some wet areas, but it's a great hike. Now it just needs lots of traffic!
Join us for a trail mantenance day, 8/25/2012. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.